Updated: 12/31/2022 by Computer Hope

Finder may refer to any of the following:

Finder icon

1. Originally written by Steve Capps, the Finder is an application found in Apple macOS that helps users browse and organize their files, folders, and other commonly used items. For example, through the Finder, you can locate each of the drives on the computer, share network devices, perform a search, view your apps, etc. To open Finder, click the Finder icon (shown right) on the Dock. To adjust the Finder settings, click Finder on the menu bar.


Users more familiar with Microsoft Windows can think of Finder as Apple's equivalent of Windows Explorer.

2. A tool, utility, or command within a program that allows users to locate specific objects may also be called a finder.

Apple terms, File, Find, Folder, Operating system terms